County officials received Balch’s report during an executive session that lasted slightly more than one hour, and did not disclose its findings after reconvening the BOC meeting.
Upon the conclusion of the meeting, Balch said, “It (the investigative report) has been presented to (interim Spalding County Manager) Mr. (Tim) Whalen and a verbal summary was given to the commissioners.”
Balch said he does not know when action may be taken against Reid or any other involved party.
“Mr. Whalen needs to make his decision and any employees who may be affected need to know what may or may not happen to them,” Balch said.
Reid’s attorneys, Mike Kendall and Eldridge Suggs, were present for the conclusion of the meeting.
When asked if Reid had retained their services for civil or criminal representation, Suggs said, “Just to make sure everything is fair.”
Kendall declined to comment on Reid’s status with the Spalding County Fire Department or any pending disciplinary actions.
“We need to wait and see what the interim county manager decides to do,” Kendall said.
Kendall and Suggs also declined to comment on whether Reid has been the subject of any other recent disciplinary action at the SCFD.
“You would probably have to ask the people at the county about that,” Kendall said.
Neither Suggs nor Kendall would speculate on whether Reid will be terminated for videotaping Kempson-Schacht’s body.
“I haven’t seen the report, so I don’t know what Mr. Whalen may do,” Kendall said.
When asked if Reid has made any effort to contact Kempson-Schacht’s family, Kendall said, “I have no comment on that right now at this time.”